EIN 13-1628168

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

IRS 501(c) type
501(c)(3)
Num. employees
711
Year formed
1921
Most recent tax filings
2023-06-01
Description
CFR is dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world.
Total revenues
$106,930,600
2023
Total expenses
$83,166,400
2023
Total assets
$719,707,600
2023
Num. employees
711
2023

Program areas at CFR

The david rockefeller studies program: cfr's think tank analyzes pressing global challenges and offers actionable steps that policymakers and citizens can take to address them. The more than seventy full-time and adjunct fellows in studies cover all the world's major regions and significant Foreign policy issues. In addition to producing books, articles, op-eds, blogs, podcasts, and interactives, the studies program administers eleven fellowship programs.
Cfr's website, cfr.org, is one of the organization's primary communications channels to its various audiences. The site publishes a rich variety of types of content, including the daily news analysis, backgrounders, interviews, podcasts, opinion pieces, full text of publications from the think tank, resources in support of the various outreach initiatives, videos and transcripts of on-the-record meetings and seminars and more. The site also provides a comprehensive account of the history and activities of cfr in new york and at its Washington d.c. office.
For over 100 years, Foreign affairs has been the leading forum for serious discussion of american Foreign policy and global affairs. It is now a multiplatform media organization with a print magazine, a website, a mobile site, a podcast, apps and social media feeds. Throughout its history, Foreign affairs has stayed true to its mission published in the first issue of the magazine in 1922: "Foreign affairs will deal with questions of international interest today. They will cover a broad range of subjects, not only political but historical and economic. In pursuance of its ideals Foreign affairs will not devote itself to the support of any one cause, however worthy. Like the Council on Foreign Relations from which it has sprung it will tolerate wide differences of opinion. (continued on schedule o) its articles will not represent any consensus of beliefs. What is demanded of them is that they shall be competent and well informed, representing honest opinions seriously held and convincingly expressed."
All other programmatic activitiescfr's website, cfr.org, is one of the organization's primary communications channels to its various audiences. The site publishes a rich variety of types of content, including the daily news analysis, backgrounders, interviews, podcasts, opinion pieces, full text of publications from the think tank, resources in support of the various outreach initiatives, videos and transcripts of on-the-record meetings and seminars and more. The site also provides a comprehensive account of the history and activities of cfr in new york and at its Washington d.c. office. The stephen m. kellen term member program encourages promising young leaders in government, media, nongovernmental organizations, law, business, finance, and academia to engage in a sustained conversation on international affairs and u.s. Foreign policy. The program allows these younger members to interact with seasoned foreign-policy experts and participate in a wide variety of events designed especially for them. Each year a new class of term members, between the ages of 30 and 36, is elected to a five-year membership term. The Council on Foreign Relations sponsors independent task forces to assess issues of critical importance to u.s. Foreign policy. Diverse in backgrounds and perspectives, task force members work to reach meaningful consensus across partisan lines on matters of policy. Since the program's inception in 1995, task forces have become a trademark of the council.students today live in a world more connected than at any point in history, where fast-spreading viruses, carbon emissions, and scientific breakthroughs transcend borders. To successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead requires that they develop global literacythe essential knowledge, skills, and perspective needed to understand how our complicated and fascinating world works. Students today live in a world more connected than at any point in history, where fast-spreading viruses, carbon emissions, and scientific breakthroughs transcend borders. To successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead requires that they develop global literacythe essential knowledge, skills, and perspective needed to understand how our complicated and fascinating world works. Since 2015, cfr education has devoted itself to this vital work, developing award-winning classroom products designed to introduce students in middle school all the way through graduate school to the fundamentals of Foreign policy and international Relations in order to make sense of the world around them.in regards to outreach initiatives, the Council is committed to reaching out to different constituencies so that they better understand the world and the Foreign policy choices facing the united states and other governments. Cfr is devoting more time and energy to connecting with and serving as a resource for groups of interested citizens whose voices are increasingly important to the national Foreign policy debate. These constituencies include educators and students; religious and congregational leaders; and state and local officials; and local journalists. Cfr's additional programs are education, a national program and a global board of advisors. For more information, please visit the organization's website, www.cfr.org.total expenses associated with other program service activities are as follows:meetings program - $3,609,700 education - $3,443,100 outreach - $2,152,400 membership - $2,119,600national program - $1,560,200 term member program - $643,100 task force - $587,800 global board of advisors - $101,200 total revenue associated with other program service activities are as follows:membership dues (non-contribution) - $10,140,043

Grants made by CFR

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Humanity In ActionTo Support Diversity Efforts$676,400

Who funds Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
GrantmakerDescriptionAmount
Sue and Edgar Wachenheim FoundationGeneral Support$2,000,000
Blavatnik Family FoundationSupports Foreign Policy and International Affairs$2,000,000
Jewish Communal FundIn Furtherance of Grantee's Tax-Exempt Purpose$1,898,500
...and 182 more grants received totalling $20,600,591

Personnel at CFR

NameTitleCompensation
Giovanna M BanChief Investment Officer$524,534
Keith C OlsonExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer$519,740
Jan Mowder HughesVice President and Chief Human Resources Officer$325,684
Nancy D BodurthaVice President , Meetings and Membership$309,198
Suzanne E HelmVice President , Philanthropy and Relation$393,925
...and 21 more key personnel

Financials for CFR

RevenuesFYE 06/2023
Total grants, contributions, etc.$63,113,857
Program services$21,849,543
Investment income and dividends$3,202,500
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$1,517,900
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$17,179,900
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$3,400
Miscellaneous revenues$63,500
Total revenues$106,930,600

Form 990s for CFR

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2023-062024-01-16990View PDF
2022-062023-01-23990View PDF
2021-062021-11-15990View PDF
2020-062021-02-26990View PDF
2019-062020-01-14990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 23, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 4 new personnel
May 20, 2024
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
May 18, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2023
May 17, 2024
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $25,000 from Barry Friedberg and Charlotte Moss Family Foundation
January 3, 2024
Received grants
Identified 82 new grant, including a grant for $2,000,000 from Blavatnik Family Foundation
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsInternational-focused organizationsCharities
Issues
Foreign affairsWorld peacePublic policy
Characteristics
MembershipsPolitical advocacyOperates internationallyNational levelEndowed supportTax deductible donations
General information
Address
58 E 68th St
New York, NY 10065
Metro area
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
County
New York County, NY
Website URL
cfr.org/ 
Phone
(212) 434-9400
Facebook page
councilonforeignrelations 
Twitter profile
@cfr_org 
IRS details
EIN
13-1628168
Fiscal year end
June
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
1921
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
Yes
Categorization
NTEE code, primary
Q40: International Peace and Security
NAICS code, primary
813319: Social Advocacy Organizations
Parent/child status
Independent
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